TriQuint Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
74 Reviews
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TriQuint President & CEO Ralph Quinsey
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance in general (in 6 reviews)

  • good working environment, good people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has allowed to a great company to plummet (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Florida fab is an island (hopefully it sinks sooner rather than later for TQ and RFMD). Don't go there!!

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    Former Employee - Equipment Tech in Apopka, FL
    Former Employee - Equipment Tech in Apopka, FL

    I worked at TriQuint full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Average pay and benefits. If you have to live in or are ok with Florida, it might work if you lower your standards. They don't sweat training, safety, protocol, cleanliness, 5s, organization, pass downs, or good documentation. Wait, maybe these are cons! You will find some decent people but they unfortunately were not in my immediate work area.

    Cons

    It's not a real fab; 4 inch wafers. You find yourself stuck in the early 1990's. One story and not the normal three stories of a real, world class fab. A few tools are somewhat modern but you're mostly stuck in last century. Biggest problem is people. The equipment "technicians" are mostly former operators or process techs would lack the pedigree of a real tech that can truly diagnose and fix problems. Fortunately for them there is heavy reliance on a couple equipment vendors; problem being that they aren't so sharp either. They sure think highly of themselves though. The "engineers" might be decent techs at a real fab; key word there is "might". The poor engineer has to have his hand in every pie since he has to compensate for lack of quality technicians....ie do not think for yourself and check with him for any decision, action plan, or anything. They are not used to having new people come on board; you will not be warmly welcomed or given good training or orientation. Those folks are too busy web surfing, talking about their weekend, etc. Technicians sit in and are part of the interview process of prospective techs, engineers, and even managers. Since many have never been in a real fab, they are clueless on asking proper and relevant questions. And it emboldens them & makes them feel important. Needless to say, only locals or people looking to escape a different TriQuint fab are going there. And there is the good 'ol boy system. A PhD working for a guy lacking a 4 year degree simply due to that guy knowing someone up the chain somewhere. That "guy" is making some bad decisions and of course he thinks he's a god. English is not the dominant language in the hallways. Operators are mostly temps. Too many older, heavier, lazier people for my liking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the Florida "fab" gets closed as part of the merger with RFMD. Expanding that dump at high cost while retaining that group of employees is not a good plan. Maybe the designers on the second floor are doing good things, but that first floor fab is a mess. Consider moving operations to a real building in a city where there is real talent instead of having to import that talent to central Florida (oh by the way, a pretty shady place).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company- Terrible Management in Texas(Richardson) Branch!

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist V in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist V in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at TriQuint full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great Benefits, wanted to retire here

    Cons

    Cannot believe how I was treated just because of one person in Management! In 6 years 6 Perfect reviews, 5 nice raises(1 year none but still received stock options), Company turns a Blind Eye to its own "Code of Ethics" allowing managers to be in direct supervision over family members!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your own guidelines because one day you will have to answer to a higher authority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laser and Saw's Programmer and Trainer did Operator of WEI wet Bench all microscope inspection and inventory control JOT

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    Former Employee - Laser Ans Saw's Programmer and Trainer in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Laser Ans Saw's Programmer and Trainer in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at TriQuint full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Getting to work and use my Leadership Skill in Training and Development of a successful team. Great people
    to work with.

    Cons

    No room for Advancement, some Leads are gods there, not certified to do the job in the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people that are doing the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Layout Designer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at TriQuint full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good People that work Hard.

    Cons

    Little Support from Upper Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When training on tools are needed, then give the training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good place to work, lots to do but not too hectic.

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at TriQuint full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good tools, interesting work. An example of the caliber of folks working there: they have a 'gift of time off' policy and when one of my coworkers at another site missed a lot of work due to medical issues they were 'gifted' enough days off so they did not miss a day of pay in six months off.

    Cons

    Benefits keep slipping over time, not as stable a workplace as it was (layoffs to repackage the company for a 'merger').

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Don't Rock The Boat Mentality

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    Former Employee - Design Engineering in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineering in Richardson, TX

    I worked at TriQuint full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reward longevity...3 week sabbatical for 5 years service. Enough time for self-improvement. Great place to kick back, get experience, make contacts and then move on. You'll meet life-long talented friends for life here. Very informal atmosphere.

    Cons

    Once a supervisor gets a position, it's for life. Encouraging participation in CPI out loud but actually when someone demonstrates better ways of doing something they get shut down HARD! Efficiency and high standards are preached but not practiced. Big time "don't rock the boat mentality" from day one. The contributor level employees are still not involved in the goal setting process (but the VP says they are trying to change that). At least two software packages they use in production haven't been supported in decades. Cliques just like high school. Unorofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your Quality manager has a hard time keeping his department at full staff. Weed out the old timers in the design department who are anchoring your business in the 90's. Don't just talk about cross department co-operation, reward it. Also reward managers for changes and encourage standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good culture, terrible systems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at TriQuint full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice friendly place to work. Employees care about the company and want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Software runs most companies. TriQuint management seems fine running core aspects of the business using Excel spreadsheets, Access 97, and home-grown, non--integrated databases as long as they get the information they need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design wins require more than R&D spending. In order to be first to market you need solid, capable systems to support your people. TriQuint must invest in better execution and delivery systems in order to compete in fast moving global markets. You can't grow the business by hiring people to manually do work that should be automated using computers. Dump the spreadsheets and departmental point solutions and invest globally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The Florida facility is a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Apopka, FL
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Apopka, FL

    I worked at TriQuint full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Design Engineers are friendly. The guys in the trenches- Operators & Techs are best I have worked with. Company has hired very capable Process Engineers in FL from Agere Systems/ Lucent Technologies/ Bell Labs/ AT&T. CEO calls to greet you on your Birthday.

    Cons

    Commodity business. The 3 levers are cost, quality, and service. The company is trying to improve the quality through initiatives like Zero Defects to lower cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees below middle management directly, this way you correctly reward your top 20% and bottom 10%. Consider moving the SAW process to 6".Thanks for the ride, it was a blast!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    In 4 plus years operation with mostly former ST Micro employees...what have you done?

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    Current Employee - Fabrication Operator in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Fabrication Operator in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at TriQuint full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits.(ESPP, 401k vested immediately, Sabbatical, PTO)

    Cons

    Since the influx of former ST Micro personnel replacing or placed as managers to current staff, the company had declined in terms of quality first production but emphasis is quantity that have resulted in many times scraps. The stock price then was at $15 when these people came in. What have they done to date is the question?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the practice of nepotism and hiring friends first. Too many managers doing nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    poor execution of business plan

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at TriQuint full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible. Normally empowers employees.

    Cons

    Very poor communication between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The concept of "doing what it takes" for project execution should include staying with the plan. Waiting until the last minute to get something out the door is poor planning which will hurt in the long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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